June 9, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 23
Your Weekly Commission Update
Community colleges play an important role in educating and training current and future generations of workers,
in addition to providing affordable and responsive higher education to thousands of Pennsylvanians every year.
Senate Education Committee Hears College COVID-19 Impact
Earlier today Elizabeth A. Bolden, president & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, testified before the Senate Education Committee on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education in the Commonwealth. Community Colleges are key to retraining and upskilling the 1.9 million Pennsylvanians who filed for unemployment since March 15, 2020. 
Partnership Addresses Nurse Shortage through New Program
Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ $1 million gift to the Butler County Community College (BC3) Education Foundation will help fund the proposed Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building on BC3’s main campus and forge a partnership which will provide a pipeline of qualified employees to the region.
Student Spotlight: A Family of Nurses Feels Called to Care
The daughter and son of Carma Krueger, mother of six, both became nurses after graduating from Westmoreland County Community College. Now she is on the same path and will graduate next spring. Ms. Krueger recommends Westmoreland, even though there are nursing programs closer to home.
Continuing Coverage
PA Community Colleges Respond to COVID-19 as Situation Evolves
Pennsylvania community colleges continue to be proactive in their response to COVID-19. As guidance changes, the most up-to-date information from each community college is available through the Commission's website.
Birthdays & Fun Fact
Happy (belated) Birthday to Congresswoman Madeleine Dean , Rep. Greg Vitali , Rep. Kate Klunk and Rep. Anthony DeLuca !

Did you know?
In 2017-18, community colleges awarded more than 75 percent of the associate degrees earned in nursing in Pennsylvania.